Portal Vein Embolization PVE for Contralateral Liver Hypertrophy
Removing the bigger right lobe of a cancerous liver may not leave enough liver for the body to survive. In this procedure, doctors shut down each blood vessel near the tumor. As the right lobe slowly dies, the left lobe grows larger (hypertrophies) until it is big enough to provide for the body’s needs. The right lobe can then be removed. © 2009 Neil McMillan in collaboration with the Division of Interventional Radiology and the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine, Johns Hopkins University